October 2019 News

Last month’s Community Garden Week events were a great success.  Graham King taught us about soil and Graeme Ingall taught us about native plants.
We finished our new sand and paving floor.  Big thanks to Better Health Practices for their donation of pavers and Disability Options for lending a hand!

Last Month we had the great pleasure of hosting Central Coast Sports College’s Pre Kindy Club. The children and families had a wonderful time, despite the cold, rainy weather. Here is a short highlights video they put together.

Sadly on Monday 30/9/19 volunteers arrived to find our shed roller door kicked in, a still smouldering campfire, rubbish and graffiti on our beautiful new bench.

We are temporarily closing the garden – so there will be no volunteer mornings on Friday 4/10/19 or Monday 7/10/19, the long weekend.  If you are passing and are able to have a quick check in for any more damage please report problems to Lisa 0429 431 889 or Tony 0425 370 948 and we will report it to the Police Assistance Line 131 444.

Mondays and Fridays 10am – 12noon (from 11/10/19)
Jobs this month include: labelling our plants, a trip to metal recyclers (seeking volunteer truck or trailer), planning a fairy garden! Harvesting native raspberries – yum 🙂

Note a change for BOOMERANG BAGS this month – Sunday 20/10/19, 9.30am – 11.30am screen-printing pockets and demonstrating bag-making at the Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre Community Day. Donnison St, Gosford.

School Holiday ECO Kids 
Friday 11/10/19, 10am – 12noon Fabulous Fairies – calling all fairies and their friends to join us in the garden.
The garden needs some fairy magic! BYO fairy wings*, fairy stories, treasures to decorate the new fairy garden.
(*Lisa remembers her mum making some fairy wings with wire coat hangers and stockings..)

Share fairy stories, songs, activities. Bring fruit for morning tea. (There might be some fairy bread too!)
Gold coin donation. Children must bring a grown up. Bees, butterflies and dragonflies welcome too.

Date for your Diary:

  • Repair Cafe and Boomerang Bags this Sunday 17/11/19 in Kariong Hall, Dandaloo Street Kariong (next to the Eco Garden) 10am – 1pm.  Bring things to get fixed and contact us if you would like to be a volunteer repairer. Our hope is to hold a regular Repair Cafe on the 3rd Sunday each month – from February 2020.
    For more info please contact Wanda: heartbasedholisticliving@gmail.com
  • Monday 18/11/19  – planning our herb spiral construction – with old bricks and mud!!
  • Kariong Eco Garden and Hall car park closed on Thursday 21/11 & Friday 22/11 while the 2GO giant concrete tower is removed for good! Happy days.
  • Kariong Eco Garden Management Committee AGM – Friday 22/11/19 at 10am at Waterfall Cafe, Mt Penang Gardens – all positions declared vacant – and we will share dreams and hopes for 2020.
  • Muddy Monday 25/11/19 to construct the Herb Spiral with old bricks and mud – come and get muddy with us. Buckets of extra clay, sand, straw all welcome!

Friday 29/11/19 – 10am – 12noon Kerrie Anderson will guide us in making a herb spiral. Bring a herb to donate 🙂

Kerrie has a longstanding interest in sustainable living.  With a background in health, her focus is now on living in tune with nature, eating a healthy organic diet and growing her own produce.  Kerrie is a Permaculture and Meditation Teacher and is passionate about influencing others to make informed choices for a more sustainable future.  She is a member of Permaculture Central Coast, Permaculture Australia, a member of FIG (Food Integrity Group) Food Co-op, and a founding member of Matcham Holgate Produce Share.

Kerrie believes with good physical, emotional and spiritual health, and the support of quality information and skills, people can be empowered to live their life to the fullest, with consciousness and accountability.

Kerrie currently works as a TAFE Teacher and as a Facilitator in the community, delivering courses on permaculture and sustainability.  She is a skilled training facilitator, community connector and is very experienced in coaching individuals and groups in practical permaculture strategies.


Friday 6/12/19, 10am – 2pm Wicking Bed workshop with Robyn Crosland.  (Apologies from Peter Rutherford) Design principles explained and hands on making. BYO safety glasses (needed for about 10mins when we are handling perlite), We will provide dust masks, gloves and tools. $5 donation or free for financial members ($5 membership)

Our Vision
To be an inspiring example of how to live with nature and promote sustainable living.

Our Mission
To provide a point of reference for the local community on sustainable living, environmental awareness and the employment of ecological principles by providing learning opportunities and supporting programs run by others.